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Copyright conundrums

Following on from our previous blog, the European Parliament has voted through the final draft of the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the Directive). Having been mired in controversy for some time, the latest version passes with sixteen votes in favour and nine against. It is worth noting that the…

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LEGO wins significant victory in China

The Chinese toys and games market is reportedly worth over $31 billion and so it comes as no surprise that a number of local firms have sought to capitalise on the reputation of some of their more established Western counterparts. There exists something of a stereotype in these situations (and some would say deservedly so)…

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Blockchain: a new weapon in the fight against fakes

Following from our recent article on the implications of blockchain for royalty management and distribution in the media industry, further practical applications are being offered by several pundits. In this article, we consider the impact for anti-counterfeiting in particular. From paintings to fashion pieces and luxury goods, being able to prove the authenticity of a particular…

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Blockchain in media royalties

Blockchain is the latest buzzword on everyone’s lips and it’s not hard to see why; the technology has the potential to completely change how we create, secure and transfer intangible property ranging from money and insurance to contracts and IP. We deal with a number of clients in the media sector and of particular interest…

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Rap royalties

Two of the most famous producers in the world have recently appeared in court for a case involving the iconic Beats headphones. Andre Young or “Dr Dre” as he is better known, testified with his friend Jimmy Iovine against their former business partner Steven Lamar who sued the two for $100 million dollars over royalties…

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FanDuel uses trade mark rights to secure funding

Trade marks are a key staple in the toolkit companies have to protect the goodwill in their business – all too often we are advising clients in circumstances where there is a contentious element (i.e. someone is infringing their brand) but there are other, equally important reasons, you should consider securing a trade mark registration.…